Family Fun Idea: Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis

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So it’s late July and you’re looking for a place to take the kids and cool off. Bet the Firefighters Hall & Museum in Minneapolis hasn’t crossed your mind, huh? I never guessed my kids would leave completely soaked to the skin either, but they did and they had a marvelous time getting there. I should have realized what was going to happen when two of the volunteers who run the museum started filling up these cool, old-fashioned hand pumpers with hoses attached. Then brought out the bucket of squirters. (And finally left us to our own devices out back behind the building.)

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I think one-third of the kids’ aim went towards fighting fires on the “fire wall” display and the other two-thirds went squarely at each other. [Note: You may want to call ahead to make sure this particular exhibit will be on display. I inquired at the desk and they set it up for us upon request.]

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Luckily, we’d seen a good chunk of the museum before the waterworks. I recommend you do the same so you, like I, can appreciate all the hands-on touches for kids, such as the chance to:

  • climb into a fire truck cab and operate the lights, tinker with the switches
  • steer a ladder truck in a simulator
  • pull an old fire alarm box and find out how the signal was received in re-created “Station 8″
  • work an old fire station switchboard
  • slide down the pole!
  • try on firefighter duds
  • And take a ride through the neighborhood on a real fire truck! (Make sure to eat your lunch at least an hour in advance. Really.) Currently, the website lists the rides as summer months only.

Firefighters Hall & Museum
664 22nd Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418

Open: Saturdays, 9am-4pm
Admission: $7/adults, $5/seniors, $4/kids 3-12

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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